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Poster: ColdRain108 Date: Jun 12, 2014 1:44pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: racks of axes

my experience with Stills, it seemed more like a part of his "schtick" to have a new guitar for every song - and a stage boy at his beck and call. Perhaps just showing off his collection since the sound wasn't really good enough to discern any real tonal differences in the audience - BTW it was a stinky show to say the least, just plain old bad, funny as I had seen them before and they were freakin great, but the last time I saw them they were down right horrible, worse than any bad Dead show I ever saw.

The times I saw the Who I did see Pete thrash one guitar and then grab a new one, but I don't recall him having a huge rack of them on the stage. The gigs where the guitar was the center point it seemed like the player had one guitar that they would use all night. When the group was more Schtick oriented then multiple guitars would be employed.

I have seen a few bar bands where the guys have more money than talent and are really in it to show off their PRS collections.

Jerry had guitars that were like no others, made specifically for him - not just a stenciled name on the headstock. The Irvin's are a hybrid of a set neck, angled headstock Les Paul style combined with 25.5" scale length of a Strat. Trying to avoid the intonation short comings of each. Add to that the onboard pre-amp stuff and you won't be able to find anything like that at Guitar Center. Especially back in the 70's and 80's, a slack time in American guitar building unless the guitar had a pointy headstock. Jerry didn't play the Beans for very long.

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Poster: Sansloy Date: Jun 13, 2014 6:43am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: racks of axes

I recall Pete T. having each Les Paul marked with a large number, kind of emphasizing the interchangeability of the guitars. For Cheap Trick's Rick Nielsen, constantly swapping out guitars is his shtick - it's part of the show.

I've always been a little surprised to see Jerry with the Travis Bean guitars, although there was a short period of time where all the Rolling Stones used them.